‘Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them. Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. ‘

Galatians 6:6-8 NLT

Paul had given in Galatia. Yet false teachers had come in and subverted the messages that he had given. They had corrupted his witness of God’s grace into a way to make money for themselves by enslaving the people once again to the law of Moses. This made their relationship with the church dependent on their leaders. Paul’s final thoughts in Galatians are about this concept. After taking time to explore the various accusations and entanglements caused by these false teachers, he gives a seemingly obvious idea to the church. He notes that the church of Galatia must stop supporting this type of ministry. To be certain, they are to support their ministers and do it well, but financial support is an investment. It is a statement of complicitness in whatever the agenda of these leaders is. Those who financially support false teaching are cultivating that false teaching in the church. Those who financially support the right teaching are cultivating that right teaching in the church. But to claim to support the church, but then support those whose message is toxic is the equivalent of mocking God. Many will have much to answer for.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.

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